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Should You Walk Your Cat?

Does your feline friend live indoors? If so, that’s wonderful. We always recommend that cats stay inside, where they are protected from the dangers posed by cars, weather, predators, and other hazards. Fluffy is definitely much safer as an indoor pet. However, some furballs really enjoy the outdoor life. One way some pet parents keep their nature-loving kitties purring is by walking them. Is this a good option for you? A Frisco, TX vet offers some tips below.

Benefits of Walking

There are some benefits to walking your cat. This gives Fluffy a chance to safely enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. She’ll also get a good workout in. Plus, she’ll benefit from the mental stimulation of being outdoors.

Purrsonality

Some cats absolutely love going for walks. Others are frightened of the outdoors, and are much happier just snoozing in your armchair. If your kitty is timid, and/or has never gone outside, you may want to just leave well enough alone. However, if Fluffy is bold, or was perhaps at one point allowed outdoors, she may enjoy being walked on a leash.

Training

First, let your furball get used to wearing her harness indoors. When Fluffy has accepted her harness, you’ll want to add the leash. Your cat will probably try to play with it at first, but once the novelty wears off, let her get used to having it drag behind her. You can also ‘walk’ her indoors. Keep a close eye on your kitty when she’s wearing her gear: you don’t want her getting stuck on something!

Getting Started

When Fluffy seems to have grown accustomed to wearing her gear, you can try taking her out. At first, stick close to home. (Tip: stay away from trees. The last thing you want is for your pet to climb a tree while wearing a leash!) If Fluffy seems frightened, take her in and try again another day.

Things To Consider

Keep in mind that you cannot un-spoil a cat. If you get your feline buddy accustomed to daily walks, it won’t take her long before she expects them. Don’t be surprised if your kitty gets into the habit of meowing or rubbing against your legs to ‘demand’ her daily stroll!

Please reach out to us, your local Frisco, TX vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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